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Mevissen appearing at Bloomington Writers Festival

Jerry Mevissen (Submitted photo)

Jerry Mevissen, Nimrod native, is a presenter at the Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair Saturday, March 28 (today) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.

Mevissen’s workshop is entitled “From Newspaper to Literary Fiction: One Man’s Journey from Reporting to Story Telling.”

Mevissen began his writing career with a weekly newspaper article entitled “Nimrod Chronicles.” A collection of articles became his first book.

He continued with two published collections of short stories: “Broken Hart” and “Good Shepherd.” Mevissen hopes to publish his third collection of short stories, “Animal Life,” in 2015.

“After years of practice, classes and chasing the elusive publishing genie, it’s validating to be asked to address an audience like this,” Mevissen said. “I believe the route from newspaper articles to book publishing is practical and pragmatic. The writing disciplines are the same – a grabber opening, story arc, veracity and brevity.

“In reportage, you earn the added discipline of time management. There is no writer’s block if the story is due at 5 p.m. Tuesday,” he added.

The book fair follows the keynote address by Executive Editor of Graywolf Press, Jeff Shotts, who will reveal how Graywolf finds and publishes award-winning authors.

Workshops follow his address and run until 5 p.m. Among the presenters are acclaimed authors, college professors, publications specialists and personnel from the Loft Literary Center.

This year, 83 authors will join publishers, printers, editors, publicists, author associations and marketing experts to answer questions and share their journeys. Information is available at or by calling 952-563-8575.

“If you have a book in you, and we all do, or you love to read and talk about books, join us,” Mevissen said. “You’ll be inspired to start, or finish, your book.”